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Sweet reads by sweet pea

Was 2007 a good year for readers? It seems so, according to local bookseller sweet pea Flaherty.  Flaherty (whose first name, sweet pea, is written in lower case letters) has been selling books at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, for about 4 years and previously worked for one of

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Wayne's Inn

Slap on your body Trojan and lube up the Purell, we’re jumping head-first into South Puget Sound’s official list of unofficial dive bars. Who made up this official list? Me. Who’s going to risk life and limb to explore and grade the insides of these bars? Me. Who will do

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The Shackeltons

With a dual guitar assault, rambunctious rhythms, and fever pitched vocals, the Shackeltons take the punk attitude of the Clash and combine it with shades of garage, grunge, and hard-core for a sound which is familiar and fresh at the same time. The Chambersburg, Penn., quintet of Mark Redding (vocals),

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Dancing off Center

Barefoot Studios has closed its Dome District space and moved — a little to the east. Now housed at the former home of Art on Center at 1604 S. Center St., the eclectic teaching and performance enterprise run by husband and wife teaching team Jim and Josephine Zmolek has re-opened

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In good company

If you can’t think of three more endearing recent family movies than “My Dog Skip,” “Babe” and “Millions,” then here’s another title to add to the list.  “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” is based on a book by the author of “Babe,” made by the director of “My

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (NR) – BW Lakewood Cinema 15: Thurs 7:30. Regal Martin Village 16: Thurs 7:30. ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM: One of the many reasons

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Danette Dye

’Twas a few evenings before Christmas and all through the city, everyone yearned for a Lavender L’mour and a ditty. The spicy fried calamari from Matador was devoured with nary a care, and the Monsoon Room’s vibe beckoned us, which isn’t that rare. Children tucked in, dreaming of loot, and

Hundreds of paintings

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Hundreds of paintings

If you've never stepped foot inside Olympia's Art House Designs, you would be well advised to do so. Art House Designs is a large frame shop and gallery with hundreds and hundreds of paintings, prints and other artworks displayed salon-style on the walls and on tables and even stacked on

E9 Brewing Co. and Taproom

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E9 Brewing Co. and Taproom

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie needed to take a little field trip to Tacoma's Brewery District to check out the E9 Brewing Co. taproom that opened its doors this last spring. DUTCH: As a long-time fan of the original E9, I really like the downtown, industrial feel of the Taproom. The dining

2020 preview

Stage

2020 preview

The remainder of the 2019-2020 theater season in Tacoma and Olympia looks exciting, with a great lineup of shows in the next month or two in particular. Tacoma Arts Live -- David Mamet's Oleanna is one of the most intense and most controversial plays written in modern times. Audience members famously

Space Force

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Space Force

(Photo: President Donald Trump signs S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 as senior leaders look on, Friday, Dec. 20, at Joint Base Andrews. The act authorizes a budget that supports the U.S. Armed Forces and postures the Air Force to meet the requirements of the National

Nurse enlisted commissioning program application window now open

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Nurse enlisted commissioning program application window now open

(Photo: The Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program provides active-duty enlisted members an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Graduates of NECP are commissioned as second lieutenants upon successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination and earning a nursing license.) The Air Force is now accepting applications with video interviews

Learn about the history and wildlife of the Willapa Bay

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Learn about the history and wildlife of the Willapa Bay

December is the perfect month for day trips to the areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Willapa Bay, famed for its oysters, is a pristine body of water around an hour and a half drive from JBLM. We'll start the day with a unique hike at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge,

In with the new

Military Life

In with the new

With the holiday season in full swing, many may find their commitment to wise dietary decisions and physical activity waning. Thankfully, the new year brings with it a renewed sense of dedication that can spur even the most cookie-comatose people back into action. To aid in this wellness endeavor is

Four strangers’ chance encounter tugs at the heartstrings

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Four strangers’ chance encounter tugs at the heartstrings

November 25 was supposed to be just another routine day for Karen Johnson taking care of her 95-year-old dad, retired Army Master Sgt. Leslie Johnson, of Lacey. Instead, two unknown service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord turned the Johnsons' day into a magical memory. After a visit to the pharmacy at

Junior Army Reserve soldiers train on analog systems

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Junior Army Reserve soldiers train on analog systems

(Photo: Spc. Tyler Reninger of Montesano, Washington, updates a map during the 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s command post exercise-functional event. The 301st MEB is an Army Reserve brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It has command and control of three engineer battalions and approximately 2,700 soldiers. The 301st MEB headquarters

Three JBLM families surprised with layaway balances paid

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Three JBLM families surprised with layaway balances paid

The true spirit of the holiday season is to spread hope and kindness. One of the best ways to participate is to give to those in need. Many of our fellow military service members and veterans find this time of year to be a financial burden. The cost of purchasing

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Fashion 2008

This last year in fashion has seen some interesting things, both on the runway and in our own neck of the woods. In my opinion, as far as fashion goes, local designers Lisa Fruciante, Daniel Blue, Jooley Heaps, Marilyn LoSavio, and many, many others are “where it’s at.” Even if

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In the bag

Annette B My trip to Hawaii was imminent. I needed a bathing suit cover but didn’t want the traditional generic wrap-style sarongs that Target and other mainstream stores sell. Annette B clothing boutique offers hip clothes for full-figured women, those expecting a baby and those who have just had one. Since

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